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Alhaji Kamara joins Richmond Kickers on loan

March 20, 2017 By Sahr Morris Jnr 

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Sierra Leone striker, Alhaji Kamara, together with four others, has joined United Soccer League (USL) club, Richmond Kickers, on loan from Major League Soccer side D.C. United.

Kamara, defender, Chris Durkin, goalkeeper, Eric Klenofsky, midfielder, Chris Odoi-Atsem and Maxim Tissot, will play in the United States second tier league side throughout the 2017 season, pending USL, MLS and U.S. Soccer approval.

Confirming the move on their website, Kickers coach, Leigh Cowlishaw, said he’s pleased not only with the skill but also the enthusiasm of the D.C. United players selected for duty in Richmond for the upcoming season.

He sai: “All seem “excited and motivated, they’re eager to prove themselves. They’re eager to make an impact. That’s always an important component” when players are dispatched on loan from one organization to another.

The 22-year-old native of Sierra Leone, scored the fastest goal in MLS history by a player making his debut when he hit the bull’s-eye with 33 seconds elapsed in D.C. United’s May 27, 2016 match against Sporting Kansas City. He has appeared four times with Sierra Leone’s national team, Leone Stars.

Kamara began his youth career with FC Kallon in the Sierra Leone National Premier League, before moving on loan to Swedish first division side, Djurgårdens IF in 2012 and eventually signing with IFK Norrköping in 2014.  After a brief loan stint in Malaysia in 2015, he was recalled to IFK Norrköping, where he scored seven goals in 13 appearances to lead the Swedish side to the league title.